The Hobgoblin Herald

Ink and Gouache on Daler-Rowney 200g (A3) + Digital


This is a promotional poster for ‘The Hobgoblin Herald‘ by my friend and author, Andrew Aston. He wanted to portray a key moment on his story when one of the main characters, Mallory, encounters the goblin named Gulukh trapped under a tree.

After reading the book I decided to create another poster. This time picturing some of the characters from the novel that I liked the most.

Originally these characters were going to be just line work, but once I finished the sketch I changed my mind. I thought of using copics and grey coloursoft Derwent, but I abandoned the idea after working on a couple of characters. Ink and graphite was enough for what I wanted to do. These are some details of the scan, without retouch.

For Andrew’s novel I created a map, which I discuss on another post in detail. To keep the poster tied with the map, I also created a typeface for the poster title (specifically the word ‘herald’), it follows the same style as the handwriting I did on the map itself.


Alright already, what the novel is about?

I love grimdark fantasy books. But I am a fussy reader and well crafted worlds with a rich background and interesting characters are really hard to find.

I have never been so pleasantly surprised with a book since the first time I read Abercrombie. Aston’s universe is rich and detailed. I was quickly trapped by Mallory’s opening story, I got immersed in a world that was painted with masterful strokes right in front of my eyes, slowly unveiling a picture that kept me mesmerized.

I’m not one to talk much about the plot of a book because I don’t like spoilers myself. Suffice to say that the story is not black and white and revolves around 4 main characters, their lives intertwined somehow as part of a bigger event.

What I can tell you is that I am looking forward to what is coming next!

Where can I buy it?

You can find the book either on Smashwords or Amazon (UK) / Amazon (US)